I'm wanting to build a new computer but I'm having trouble, it's been a long time since I've built one and my head is starting to spin just looking at the options for motherboards.
So you know what I'm working with this is my empty tower -> NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower, 1 x USB 3.0 / 1 x USB 2.0 / Audio Front Ports, 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays.
I'm getting really confused browsing newegg motherboard opitons:
Don't know what socket type I need or want.
Don't know what chipset I need or want.
I know I would like about 8 SATA 6 GB/s for all my HDDs but I have no idea how many SATA 3 or 1.5 GB/s I need?
What the heck is M.2?
I thought USB 3.0 was backwards compatible, is there any reason to have USB 2.0 ports? What's the difference between USB 3.0 & 3.1?
What kind and how many PCI slots do I need?
Linux is my main OS so everything needs to be compatible with Linux, I might also have two other HDDs and or partitions for Windows and or SteamOS for gaming should a gaming mood come over me. I'm gong to be running 2 or 3 operating systems including Linux over probably 5 or 6 HDDs at least. I need somethign that will support my case's front 2.0 & 3.0 USB ports and my case's front audio and mic ports, and at least 6-8 USB ports in the back. Any help would be appreciated, I've been out of the hardware game for a while.